Liverpool are ready to begin discussions with Virgil van Dijk regarding a five-year deal in the New Year, according to reports.
The Dutchman is an integral figure at Anfield and his current absence is being felt.
Since arriving at the Reds in January 2018 he has helped transform them and make them champions of Europe and then England.
Van Dijk’s current deal expires in 2023, but Liverpool want to tie down his long-term future.
The 29-year-old is very highly thought of by everyone at the club and his representatives have been sounded out regarding a new contract, reports CBS Sports.
Negotiations have already been given an initial boost with it also understood that Van Dijk is keen to remain at Liverpool.
The centre-half cost Liverpool £75m, making him the most expensive defender in the world at the time.
But within six months of him joining the Reds were in the Champions League Final.
They fell short against real Madrid but returned 12 months later to go one better as they beat Tottenham in Madrid to claim a sixth European crown.
They were pipped to the league title however by Manchester City before romping to a first league success in 30 years.
Van Dijk’s individual recognition has also soared and he was named the PFA Player of the Year in 2019 and the 2018-19 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year.
He narrowly missed out on the 2019 Ballon d’Or however with Lionel Messi picking up the gong.
His efforts this year, both individually and collectively, were curtailed by a knee injury sustained in October’s Merseyside derby.
Jordan Pickford scythed down the Dutchman which eventually resulted in him having surghery.
Van Dijk is expected to miss the entire season, but Jurgen Klopp has given hope that he may return before that.
He said: “Virgil is a very positive person and since he overcame the shock of the actual injury, he is in a really good mood and working hard to get back.
“But this is a very long, long-term injury so it was still, I have to say, a crazy challenge which I still don’t understand. I don’t think about it, but you ask me and it comes up.”